2020 McLaren Senna GTR
In a world crowded by limited edition supercars, the McLaren Senna truly stands apart. Its mission is simple: to deliver spectacular on-track performance thanks to its combination of active aero and active suspension, the likes of which are not even legal in GTE/GTLM race cars. Compared to these cars, which represent the GT class at Le Mans as well as in the US successor to ALMS, the Senna is 100 pounds lighter and has over 250hp more, this before even considering the active aero and suspension. This starts to give context to the awesome competence of the Senna, as well as its intended audience.
As if that wasn’t enough, McLaren also introduced an even more extreme track-only variant of the Senna, the GTR. While 500 examples of the Senna were built, just 75 GTRs were made.
Even in standard form, the Senna is extreme. The car made a strong impression on IndyCar driver JR Hildebrand who, writing for Road & Track, described the Senna as “capable in ways that modern racecars could only wish to be. There’s no misunderstanding about the McLaren Senna. It is not a road car. It’s not for the Texas Mile or hauling ass from LA to Vegas; for Cars and Coffee or Instagram. It’s not an evolution of the P1 nor is it the big brother of the 720S. It is the beginning of something new, ... a breed of hyper-focused hypercar built for an excessive experience rather than just excessive performance, free of anyone’s rules and regulations.”
Incremental reductions in weight and a 25 hp increase to 825 hp of the GTR do not convey the extent to which it is transformed over the standard Senna. The biggest changes lie in the bodywork and suspension. Wider fenders, larger wing, front splitter, and rear diffuser provide even more downforce, which gives a level of grip that defies belief. Meanwhile the GTR receives the suspension from the 720S GT3 race car. The resulting car is faster around a track than the 720S GT3, and in fact any other McLaren ever made that isn’t an F1 car.
In spite of this performance, the Senna GTR is designed to be accessible by drivers who do not race professionally. Thus, it’s surprisingly confidence-inspiring and forgiving at speed, making it perhaps the ultimate track toy for the gentleman driver rather than a knife edge tool exclusively for pros.
This particular example has delivery mileage only and £47,000 of options including Sarthe Grey paintwork, satin carbon fiber finish inner fender aero blades, accent panels, and canopy panels outside the car, as well as satin carbon fiber finish interior sills. It also has gloss black finish wheels and Azura blue brake calipers and door lift gas struts, as well as blue 6-point harnesses and FIA driver’s seat with winged head support.